This ‘Mother Grain‘ has taken the world by storm!
Quinoa Tacos: Arugula, Fresh Corn | Diced Sweet Potatoes | Hard Shell Classic Taco
1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
10 ounces of whole San Marzano Tomatoes -chopped
1/2 cup vegetable broth (or water with 1 tbsp.Knorr chicken powder)
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (or 1-2 fresh garlic-chopped)
1/2 teaspoon onion powder (or 1 small red onion-chopped)
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 cardemon pods -ground
Kosher salt (add at the end) and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup frozen corn kernels
Juice of 1 lime
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
8 corn tortillas
Optional: 1 avocado, halved, seeded, peeled and diced
1/4 cup sour cream
1. Heat quinoa and 1 cup water in a large saucepan over medium high heat. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until water is absorbed, about 15-20 minutes; uncover and fluff with a fork.
2. Stir in diced tomatoes, vegetable broth, chili powder, cumin, garlic and onion powder, paprika and red pepper flakes. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, cover and simmer until thickened, about 10 minutes.
3. Stir in beans and corn until heated through, about 2 minutes. Stir in lime juice and cilantro and kosher salt. Option: Add cooked cubed sweet potatoes, roasted cauliflower or roasted chick peas to the mixture. You can substitute ingredients -except the quinoa.
To serve, spoon quinoa mixture into the center of each tortilla. [optional] Top with avocado and sour cream. Add lettuce, red peppers and cheese, if you desire.
Quinoa Types – Three’s The Charm
TACOS, burgers and breakfast porridge are best for black quinoa.
The most common type of quinoa is white quinoa. Red quinoa is best used in cold salads. Black quinoa is a bit earthier and sweeter than the milder taste of creamy, white quinoa. All three quinoa can be used in the same recipes. Red and black quinoa have a bit of a crunch, which is what is expected.
Master Chef Tells You The Best And Easiest Way To Cook Quinoa
This Quinoa Cooking Method (below) is long. But, it has good tips and you may want to try it out.
We add quinoa for a protein boost , lowers cholesterol, reduces increase in insulin levels. Even though it is cooked like a grain, quinoa actually is a seed, from a shrub. A mild, rice-like flavour blends well with vegetables.
BONUS Recipe -Leftovers
Quinoa “Leftover” Soup: Vegan & Gluten Free
The perfect soup to use up leftover veggies – before you have to toss them!
Easy Quinoa Soup
1 tablespoon Olive Oil
2 celery sticks
2 cloves Garlic (add more if you are a fan)
1 teaspoon salt, ginger, black pepper, turmeric, coriander
[use Kosher Salt and freshly ground black pepper]
1 liter (4.2 cups) of water
Heat pot with 1 tablespoon of olive oil
Add vegetable and quinoa, mix together with a wooden spoon. Add spices.
Keep mixing for about 5 minutes, then add water
Simmer for 30 minutes
Puree vegetables with an immersion blender
Taste soup in case you want to add more spices
Quinoa is rich in antioxidants that helps your body as well as your skin. It protects you from damage and many chronic diseases too. High fiber prevents constipation. Black quinoa helps you gain energy and strengthening your muscles. For post workout, black quinoa is a good recommendation. 1/2 cup of "black" quinoa has 12 grams of protein while white quinoa has 2 grams of protein."